Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Better Customer Service.

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This Chili will be PERFECT for our Wisconsin football games in the comfort of our own living room Sundays after church and Monday night football !! I just wonder if our "Gov't" will cancel football too.
I will buy the ingredients we don't yet have TODAY! Woo Woo! Enjoy. WE have some friends who would really dig this spicy dish. How about YOU?

Guy Fieri

Dragon's Breath Chili

Recipe courtesy Guy Fieri, May 2008

Show: Guy's Big Bite Episode: Fuel the Fieri

  • Cook Time

    15 min

  • Level


  • Yield

    10 to 15 servings



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  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons bacon grease, or canola oil
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 jalapenos, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 3 Anaheim chiles, roasted, peeled, chopped
  • 3 poblano chiles, roasted, peeled, chopped
  • 2 yellow onions, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 head garlic, minced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 pound boneless chuck, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 2 pounds ground beef, coarse grind
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 teaspoons granulated onion
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons hot paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 12 ounces lager beer
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 (15.5-ounce) cans pinto beans, with juice
  • 2 (15.5-ounce) cans kidney beans, with juice
  • Double-Fried French Fries, recipe follows
  • Saltine crackers, for garnish
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar


In large stock pot over high heat, add butter and bacon grease. Add bell pepper, jalapeno, chiles and onion and cook until caramelized, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute a minute longer. Add chuck and brown. Add ground beef and sausage to brown and stir gently, trying not to break up the ground beef too much. Cook until meat is nicely browned and cooked through, about 7 to10 minutes. Add in granulated onions, granulated garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin, coriander, cayenne, salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute. Add in tomato sauce and paste and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in beer and chicken stock. Add beans, lower heat and simmer for 2 hours.

Serve in bowls over Double-Fried French Fries and garnish with Saltine crackers, green onions and shredded Cheddar.

Double-Fried French Fries

  • 4 (4 to 5-inches long) russet potatoes (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 quarts canola oil
  • 1 tablespoons fine-grain sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Peel potatoes on the sides, leaving the ends with the skin on. Cut the potatoes into 1/3-inch slices and then slice into 1/3-inch sticks.

Fill a large bowl with water and soak potatoes, submerged, for at least 30 minutes up to 24 hours. This will help remove the excess starch from the potatoes and keep them from oxidizing.

Heat a heavy stock pot fitted with a deep-fry thermometer with oil to 325 degrees F.

Remove potatoes from the water, and pat dry to remove excess water. Add 2 handfuls of potatoes to hot oil. There should be at least 1-inch of oil above the potatoes. Par cook until potatoes are light brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove potatoes, gently shaking off excess oil and let drain on rack. Repeat until all of the potatoes are par cooked.

Raise heat of oil to 350 degrees F.

Cook potatoes again, 2 handfuls at a time, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove from oil, shake off excess oil, and season lightly in a bowl with salt and pepper. Repeat until all potatoes are cooked.

Yield: 8 servings

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Try to remember this EVERY TIME you have to talk to a customer service representative and you cannot understand them. I did not know that we could do this, but I sure am going to try it. Help bring jobs back to the U.S.A. Ask for an American!

How to save some American jobs and we can help!

Hi, Everyone,

I want to share with you some great information that I found out purely by accident. I believe it can also save and create jobs in America while giving people better customer service.

So how many times have you called a company's service phone line and found that the representative could barely speak English? Once with a major mortgage company it was so bad I demanded to speak with someone who spoke English. Right at that moment I broke the code, the secret password for customer service.

Come to find out that every American company using overseas operators must transfer you to an American representative by your saying.......
"I want to speak to a representative in America ."
(Don't take no for an answer on this.)

This was confirmed by the American representative that they must transfer you after that request. I've tried it on a half a dozen major companies including cable, bank, phone and mortgage companies. It works every time and I actually get my issues taken care of.

Last thing to help save even more jobs.... don't use the automated check out lanes they are pushing at the big box stores. Once again, I found out that if we use those check outs rather than cashiers, people lose their jobs too. I've refused to use the automated check outs and have had two cashiers already thank me for helping them keep their jobs.

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[Below] I know where this area [ghetto] is and what type/ kind of people live on the "North Side of Milwaukee..." I was forced to live there for a short time when every human being deserted me in the Winter of '94-95 -- hard times... lol. Why is it that un-wed welfare moms, shiftless high school drop outs and other derelicts always seem to have money for DRUGS and illegal guns owned by felons? And I will bet my last dollar that ACORN is alive and well in Milwaukee.
I am NOT felon and I [a Veteran]vote for the candidate who upholds the U.S. CONSTITUTION and moral values-- as much as I can judge and research with my eyes and ears. Well, I don't want to sound like a broken record but it's USUALLY HOW A PERSON WAS BROUGHT UP BY 2 PARENTS-- that determines how the child will grow up and be productive or not. That is my opinion. For example, just throw a lot of 18 yer old guys into the 'mix' of Army Basic Training, and when you observed all the misfits, it is likely that they came from a 'broken home' or had some other traumatic event in their lives that makes them so bitter, independent and hard to train. I believe that my Mom and Dad did the best they could raising we 5 children in the 1960's, but I kind of wish I would have/ could have be exposed to the Bible more in early life. It just may have prevented me from learning everything the hard way...LOL. Still, I know the Lord NOW, and that is a good thing, and very comforting.
I feel bad that the majority of my extended family still will not embrace the Lord and Know Him although I have tried many times the best, kindest way I know how to share the good news of the Gospel. Mostly they get a thrill out of reminding me of all the bad things I did BEFORE I found the Lord, and how could a big time sinner like me ever go to heaven, and what gives ME the right to preach and share holy things with others. They don't want to see me happy and joyful-- they would rather drag me down into their ignorant level of stupidity. Surely the devil has blinded them. Go figure, if Jesus couldn't take sense into the Pharisees and Scribes, how can I expect to?? And now I am especially "wicked" for posting that article about some of the Catholic heads being involved in the ACORN scandal yesterday.... Ha!
It doesn't matter if you come in 1st, 2nd or last-- just so long as you cross the FINISH LINE [ get to Heaven!]. Give thanks to GOD and His faithful servants who HELPED you [us] find the Lord! From all my past and recent Blog posts, things could start popping at any time now. There is NOTING THAT WE HAVE, POSSESS, OWN, RELY ON, KNOW, THAT WILL SAVE US, except our personal relationship with God through JESUS CHRIST! And as we patiently wait for His return-- what are we doing in the mean time? Do we all have a share in sharing the Word of God, the fruitage of the lips? Or are we living for ourselves and partying down like there is no tomorrow? Please ponder on this.

My dear wife, helped me by holding a 'box wrench' on the bolts while I was contorting my fat body inside my '07 Dodge Ram 4 by 4 truck bed with the cap on top -- and I am so glad Sharon helped me with that!! She just got back from getting a few tasty bombers/ hot sandwiches from SUBWAY! Woo Woo! I gave her a $50 bill and told her to keep the change. The girls who work at Subway know Sharon very well/ friends. Sharon is a great helper who used to be a 'Tom-boy' and has a lot of mechanical aptitude as I teach her carpentry and welding, self defense, etc. She is a wizard with the PC, sewing, gardening and a great cook. We still argue sometimes but I love her dearly.

Tom Schuckman
Jesus is Lord

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